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The Binding Vine

(1993)
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"There can be no vaulting over time," thinks Urmila, the narrator of Shashi Deshpande's profound and soul-stirring novel. "We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing." After the death of her baby, Urmila finds her own path difficult to endure. But through her grief, she is drawn into the lives of two very different women-one her long-dead mother-in-law, a thwarted writer, the other a young woman who lies unconscious in a hospital bed. And it is through these quiet, unexpected connections that Urmi begins her journey toward healing.

The miracle of The Binding Vine, and of Shashi Deshpande's deeply compassionate vision, is that out of this web of loss and despair emerge strand of life and hope-a binding vine of love, concern, and connection that spreads across chasms of time, social class, and even death. In moving and exquisitely understated prose, Deshpande renders visible the extraordinary endurance and grace concealed in women's everyday lives.

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Hardback Editions

May 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Binding Vine
Author(s): Shashi Deshpande
ISBN: 1-55861-267-X / 978-1-55861-267-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Paperback Editions

September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Binding Vine
Author(s): Shashi Deshpande
ISBN: 1-55861-402-8 / 978-1-55861-402-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Binding Vine
Author(s): Shashi Deshpande
ISBN: 1-85381-554-3 / 978-1-85381-554-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Kindle Editions

September 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Binding Vine
Author(s): Shashi Deshpande
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2000 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Binding Vine
Author(s): Shashi Deshpande
Publisher: Penguin
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